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Ten countries where people have been arrested over social media messages

Ten countries where people have been arrested over social media messages

This week prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to six months over a tweet

Opinions are protected by the right to freedom of expression

The arrest of French comedian Dieudonné today appears to be connected to a Facebook comment he posted after Sunday’s march in Paris in which he said he felt he “finally returned home… I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” – remarks that have been interpreted as condoning the action of one of the terrorists involved in

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonists have been among the most visual in their reaction to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Musa Kart and Xavier Bonilla, who have both been targeted by their governments, share their thoughts.

How cartoonists responded to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

How cartoonists responded to the attack on Charlie Hebdo

People around the world show solidarity with the French satirical magazine

Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

It's important to look ugly arguments in the eye, says Padraig Reidy

French magazine raises specter of racism and press freedoms

French magazine raises specter of racism and press freedoms

An obscure 16 page-long French far-right magazine recently put France's black justice minister Christiane Taubira on its cover, comparing her to a monkey. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky reports on the fallout

France: Strict defamation and privacy laws limit free expression

France: Strict defamation and privacy laws limit free expression

Freedom of expression is generally protected in France, although is limited by strict defamation and privacy laws. Several laws have passed since 1972 that have further restricted this fundamental right.

Edward Snowden helps France rediscover its own whistleblowers

Edward Snowden helps France rediscover its own whistleblowers

So far, France has spectacularly failed to protect its whistleblowers. But new proposals may offer some protection. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky writes

Bringing global human rights into the surveillance debate

Bringing global human rights into the surveillance debate

Surveillance strikes at the heart of global digital communications and severely threatens human rights in the digital age. Leslie Harris, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology writes

Censorship, Mediapart and the butler’s tapes

Censorship, Mediapart and the butler’s tapes

Independent French news website Mediapart has had to withdraw the infamous Bettencourt “butler tapes” from its website. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky writes

Europe must take a stand on US surveillance

Europe must take a stand on US surveillance

The revelations that the United States allegedly spied on European Union diplomats marks a low in what should be a special relationship of trust between major democracies. The EU needs to remind the US that surveillance is unacceptable in the digital age, Sean Gallagher writes

Free expression in the news

Free expression in the news

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